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How Much Better Will SEC Hoops Be Next Season? Uh, Probably Not Much

crystal-ball-fortune-teller2Now that declaration day for the NBA draft has come and gone, you can expect to see a lot of way-too-early, pre-preseason college basketball polls popping up from site to site.  CBSSports.com has posted theirs today.

According to Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish, SEC fans shouldn’t expect much more in terms of ranked teams than they witnessed last year.  Here’s the rundown for CBSSports.com’s top 25:

 

1.  Kentucky

5.  Florida

17.  Tennessee

 

And, well, that’s it.  Three ranked teams and no more.

Now, again, this is incredibly early and preseason polls typically aren’t worth the pixels they’re displayed upon — Kentucky was #1 in several polls last year, too.  But if you’re looking to set your SEC expectations for 2013-14, you might want to place it kinda low.  Again.

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Two Voters Keep UK’s Davis From Being A Unanimous All-American

Florida’s Billy Donovan called Kentucky’s Anthony Davis an “all-time great” this season.  And yesterday he was named a first-team All-American. 

But he wasn’t a unanimous pick.

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com on Twitter, hoops writers Scott Reid of The Orange County Register in California and Scott Mansch of The Great Falls Tribune in Montana left Davis off their ballots.

Now, should people send them nasty emails and threats?  No, because only an A-1, no-life, nutjob would care enough to do so.

And that’s why we’re posting on this topic.  It’s an All-American list.  It’s put together by voters and every single one them has his or her own criteria for deciding who’s worthy of the honor and who’s not.

Folks shouldn’t get bent out of shape over this stuff.  Show me a statistical-based analysis – like the one we did right here — and I’m sure you’ll find that UK’s Davis was truly one of the five best players in the country.

As for a poll?  Sorry, couldn’t care less.

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The Folks At CBS Expect Bad Things For Pearl

The folks at CBSSports.com believe — not surprisingly — that Bruce Pearl is going to be hit hard when the NCAA doles out penalties to Tennessee in June.

“We could argue for days that buying a player is way worse than lying to the NCAA about a cookout at your house, but it doesn’t matter because the NCAA doesn’t view it that way,” Gary Parrish said.  “Lying is the one thing that can absolutely get you buried, and I think Bruce is going to be lucky to survive this and honestly I’m not sure he’s going to.”

Parrish is joined in a video discussion by Seth Davis, Jim O’Connell and Jeff Goodman.

If you feel you still need a breakdown of what Pearl and Tennessee are facing, this video is an excellent breaker-downer.  (Probably just a pure “downer” for Vol fans.)

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